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  MSNBC    The Rachel Maddow Show    News/Business.  (2011)  

    July 14, 2011
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i know, american audience, soccer, i know, i'm american too, i'm just warning you. u.s. versus brazil ended with this spectacular, beautiful cross and goal that even people who hate soccer, even people who are indifferent to it have to admit was a beautiful thing. more of that happened today. that will be coming up on the best new thing in the world. that's fair warning. but it got me thinking, every goal counts the same in soccer, right? every goal is a point, every goal is the same thing whether it's prettier or not. just as important to the final score, what counted just as much as this beautiful pass. oh, my, god, most beautiful thing i've seen in my life. what counted just as much as that goal was one of the ugliest goals of all time. it was an own goal. own goal. brazil, scoring a point.
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look at that, yellow in yellow. brazil scoring a point against themselves, putting the ball into their own net. owe. this is something that happens from time to time, in soccer there have been other notable own goals in history. oh, off his own face. even if you are rooting against the team scoring against itself, whoops, it is just -- you watch this, there's something that taps into our human empathy. look, oh. when we somebody score an unforced error against themselves like that. i mean, oh, my god. own goals. it's painful. you watch these things, you feel the pain of the people having these things happen to them. it's painful. look at this one, watch this one. >> on this vote, the yays are 243, nays 193. two-thirds not being in affirmative, the rules are not suspended by the bill and the bill is not passed.
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>> boehnor, john boehner, another own goal. again, again he does this. last night, house republicans brought their own bill to the floor for a vote only to see it defeated by themselves. it was a bill to eliminate energy efficiency regulations for light bulbs, and it lost. that's not how it's supposed to work when you're the majority party in the house and the minority party has almost no power. you control the floor, you control what gets voted on, when it gets voted on. your own party's stuff you are supposed to be able to pass, and if you can't pass something, you don't bring it up. why would you? but with john boehner in charge in the house of representatives, the republicans keep kicking the ball into their own net over and over and over again. back in february in a span of 24 hours, speaker boehnor brought a republican u.s. out of the u.n.-type bill on to the house floor. it was defeated.
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he brought a patriot act extension to the house floor, it was defeated. then he was forced to pull a trade bill because it was going to be defeated. last month, john boehner had to pull a democratic libya bill from the floor because oops, forgot to count the votes, looks like this one might pass and republicans didn't want it to pass. now this, a republican-sponsored light bulb bill that john boehner brought to the floor goes down to defeat. this is what they call a messaging bill, a populist, pointless bill about opposing light bulb tyranny or something. republicans have a nearly 50-seat majority in the house, they get to determine what comes up before they do anything to make sure what they want to pass won't pass or don't bring it up, but under john boehner --
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>> oh, my goodness. >> oh, under john boehner's leadership in the house of representatives, stuff like this just happens, and it happens all the time. this is the house speaker who forgot to swear in two of his new members of congress on the first day he was in charge of the house. this is the house speaker who allowed two different members of his caucus to give a rebuttal to president obama's state of the union address and they didn't agree with each other. this is the speaker that read the constitution on the floor of the house to start the legislative year, then left some parts out and had to do them later. this is another leader who made a big show of imposing new rules for the house, that every time they'd propose spending they'd have to propose cutting to offset, then with the very first bill he introduces, he violates his own rule. this is the house speaker who does photo ops like this one.
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>> when we say we're going to cut spending, this is what we're doing, heard saying to himself i can't believe i just said that. again, it's his own press conference. nobody said mr. speaker, can we read your lips on this? he brought it up, repeating the most famous republican screw up line in the last 40 years, unforced error, own goal again. here he is on fox news last night talking about the need to raise the debt ceiling. >> so what is next? what if you don't get a deal? >> i don't know. >> third in line to the presidency, speaker of the house. dunno. whether or not you agree with john boehner on policy, whether or not you think john boehner on policy is right or wrong, whether or not you want him to succeed politically or you don't
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want him to succeed politically, john boehner is not good at his job. john boehner is not succeeding. whether you think that's a good thing or a bad thing, i think it's evident he's not good at being speaker of the house. when mitch mcconnell announced his plan to let democrats raise the debt ceiling, allow the country to avoid default and republicans extract nothing in exchange to that, john boehner immediately endorsed mcconnell's plan, putting out a statement saying he shares mcconnell's frustration and republicans are unified. >> frankly, i think mitch has done good work. >> john boehner may, in fact, believe mitch mcconnell has done good work, but he doesn't just have to decide whether he thinks that, whether he likes mitch's plan, he's not just the member of congress, he's the leader of
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the house of representatives, the leader of the republicans in the house, they are in control of the house. when a speaker is good at that job, the speaker saying i agree, the speaker saying thumbs up, the speaker giving a thumbs up to something means that that thing gets the thumbs up, means that thing will pass, just like the light bulbs bill will pass, right? john boehner is busy endorsing the mitch mcconnell debt ceiling plan, it does not seem like he speaks for anybody else. here's what republicans in the house, who he supposedly leads say about the issue. there's zero chance it will pass the house says one house leadership aide, zero. i'm not sure it would get any votes from our side. a second aide agreed, it will not pass. i don't see how members could vote for that. the wall street journal writing the most contentious strikes in the days the u.s. had strikes came when executives and union leaders reach add agreement only to determine union members
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couldn't give their membership. on that last point, a few hours after john boehner went on national tv to endorse the mitch mcconnell debt ceiling plan to say republicans are unified, here's what the number two republican in the house, eric cantor told politico. "nothing can get through the house right now, nothing." that appears to be true, they can't even pass stupid, pointless, message legislation they bring up themselves let alone do something hard. eric cantor is right, nothing happens in the house, not even what the republicans want to happen right now even though they are supposed to be in control. for the personally-driven beltway horse race who's up, who's down politics, the consequence of that is that john boehner is failing as a speaker,
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and, therefore, he may not last in the job for the long-term, but for the country substantiatively, if the house of representatives cease to function because john boehner is bad at his job, first of all the, they need to get the debt ceiling raised, particularly with moody's saying they are reviewing the nation's bond rating. but beyond that, there is the substance of the matter here. this is a graph showing all of the various recessions that this country has experienced since world war ii. that yellow line is 1980, mid 1970s. this green line shows the recession in 1953 after the korean war. this was the recession of 1948 after president truman signed
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into law the fair deal, that was the steepest recession in terms of unemployment after world war ii. want to see the recession that we are in right now? yeah. the fight over the debt ceiling thing we have been having, that's not the real crisis. that's a congress thing, that's a politics thing. this is the real crisis, unemployment. this is the financial catastrophe we are in the middle of. even the head of the federal reserve said whatever they thought a few months ago, the unemployment p rate is so bad right now. what can be done in the real economic crisis in the country if the house under john boehner is totally broken. if as his number two, eric cantor says nothing can get through the house. what can we do to get through the real crisis if washington is broken thanks to mr. own goal. joining us now, sherrod brown of ohio. senator brown, nice to see you, thanks for being here. >> thanks. >> it seems to me we are looking at one chamber of the u.s. congress that's not working even on its own terms at this point. the senate is usually tied up, the house seems to be in a knot purely on the republican side. what do you think are the material consequences of that
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for the country right now? >> i'm concerned. the house is divided into sort of the right wing and far right wing in the majority party. i hear the washington post called and said this makes the far right nest, if you will, of the house republicans makes the gingrich years and the gingrich majority look like the berkeley city couil. you can laugh at those things, but i'm concerned because i think the house of representatives is pretty dysfunctional. john boehner can't put his votes together. eric cantor, who does most of the speaking and perhaps much of the thinking of the house, thinking on some terms, is so captive of the far right that even if john boehner puts something on the floor with 150 democrats to do what we need to do to raise the debt ceiling, boehnor is afraid for his job with cantor lurking on the sidelines, standing in front of 100 or 125 republicans, so i'm very concerned.
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putting aside that, what they have simply failed to do, they won their elections talking about jobs, lost jobs in this country, lost jobs over the last three years, and they seem to have no solutions other than that kind of end fighting, so i'm very concerned about that half of the legislative branch of our government being able to do much of anything, and that concerns me. it concerns moody's, obviously, and their rating, rating agency in terms of aaa rating for the u.s. and it concerns all of us, including the business community that's finally figuring out they have to engage with this republican majority and get them to do things for the country. they have to start thinking about what this means for the country, and i think that's sort of in third place. they are not even thinking about that. >> i wonder if that last point you made about the influence of
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the business lobby in the republican party may be at least a way to see how things are going to move. this debt ceiling fight is essentially a manmade congressional fight, it's a fight that republicans picked even though the debt ceiling always gets raised. what do you think the prospect is of congress dealing with the real non-political crisis in the country, the unemployment crisis? >> well, they picked this fight because following the deal of mitch mcconnell, their goal from november on after the election was to make barack obama a one-term president. everything flows from that, forgetting the jobs issue, forgetting the future of the congress. i was talking to the capital of my state the other day, one of the ceos signing letters to -- to, i believe, to the president, the leader of the senate, the leading speaker of the house. they have to move on this debt ceiling, then they have to move on job creation. this whole washington is all abuzz about debt and about
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spending, and those issues matter, but the focus, you go to dayton, springfield, ohio, toledo, the focus is always on jobs. they don't say what are you doing about the debt ceiling, they say what are you doing about job creation, why aren't you doing an infrastructure bank, why aren't you putting people back to work? that's what you need to be talking about, that's what you need to be doing, from community college training to trade law that works, enforcing trade law, to tax law that says no more outsourcing of jobs, we need more manufacturing jobs, all of that. and that's just been forgotten about in the house of representatives. >> as the fight in washington continues to be over whether or not the debt ceiling is going to be raised, you're pointing out business leaders want that settled so we don't rattle the economic environment more than
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we already have with this. do you think that a potential solution here is which mitch mcconnell is offering essentially saying okay, democrats, you raise the debt ceiling, we'll stay out of it. you keep the country from going into default and we'll deal with policy agreements through other means. do you think this is the way this is going to end? >> no, i think mitch mcconnell put his proposal forward because he's scared. he's scared because the business community is pushing him hard, you can't let this happen, mitch mcconnell. he simply doesn't know what to do, because he's got to find a way to extra cat himself and his party one, from this happening, and second from getting the blame. knowing mitch mcconnell he's probably more afraid of getting the blame than what this means for the country, but he's hearing from the business community that's very concerned, and he is, i believe, afraid for his own career and i assume for the country. i'll give him that, and i'm hopeful he comes up with something else. this is coming out of how do we embarrass obama, stick the democrats with this, keep this issue alive?
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he wants to do this every six months for the next year and a half. you do that and you undermine business confidence and consumer confidence for our government. this is terrible for the country. when i hear conservative people around the state, many are friends, i want to hear what they are saying. many say it really is the uncertainty of what's happening with our government. and the worse kind of uncertainty that's undermining all our chances for economic growth is this debt ceiling vote and what are we going to do about the debt ceiling, what are we going to do about jobs, what are we going to be at taxes and the budget. this is putting us in a terrible position if mitch mcconnell wants to do this six months from now and 12 months from now and 18 months from now, it's pure insanity. >> ohio democratic senator sherrod brown. ing thank you so much for your time tonight. getting this done once and for all and not doing it over and over and over again as the rest of president obama's first term
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plays out. turns out shutting down the government of the state of minnesota means shutting down minnesotaens access to beer. seriously. like what you'd invent in a cartoon. no more beer until this all gets done.
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tonight there's a tea party tidal wave, and we're sending a message to them. it's a message that i will carry with me on day one, it's a message of fiscal sanity, it's a message of limited, limited constitutional government and balanced budgets. >> there is something wrong in the common wisdom about politics right now, about the politics of the last election in 2010, election night 2010 reaching rand paul there, something wrong in the politics of that election, the politics of this year, and the politics of the next election, presidential
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election, something appears to be wrong, that is leading to the pundit class and beltway press being surprised about stuff they shouldn't be surprised by and it's also fuzzing up clear predictions everybody should be able to make about 2012. here's what seems to be wrong in the political common wisdom right now. >> how is this -- the tea party movement, how do they distinguish themselves from the traditional conservatives? >> well, i think they are the traditional conservatives, with, at the moment at least the social issues stripped away. these are limited government conservatives of the sort that trace their lineage back to barry goldwater into deeper involvement in the social issues. >> a lot of the tea party is fiscal conservatives. >> tea party has distinguished itself in being almost exclusively about governance, the reach of government, taxation, economic issues. it's not the social conservatives. in fact, that's what distinguishes is. >> not the social conservatives.
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that's what defines them. the whole tea party phenomenon emerged in republican politics after 2008 but before the last elections in 2010. and when republicans in 2010 won the house and won a huge number of governorships and how much number of legislative seats at the state level in that election, pundit world decided that meant social issues were over because the tea party drove those republican victories, and the tea party doesn't care about social issues. that, in fact, defines the tea party. therefore, 2010's republican majorities coast-to-coast must be all about budgets, about money, leaving the gays, guns, and abortion rights alone. if you have believed that common wisdom then this does not make sense. this is a surprise. before the 2010 elections, before the social issues are over, tea party elections of 2010, the most anti-abortion restrictions enacted by states
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in a single year was 34. what happened after the we don't care about social issues class of 2010 got elected? look. 80 different anti-abortion laws, not just proposed, but 80 new anti-abortion laws enacted in the states this year thanks to that tea party election last year, you know, the one where they didn't care about abortion anymore. that does not include the new abortion bill that passed in iowa, likely to be passed into law any day now.
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the tea partiers are driving the republican party and that they are fundamentally different than the republican base has ever been before, they are libertarian, they are isolationists, they are small government, limited government, anti-spending types who just want government off our backs. that's their brand, and they've done a great job selling it. the evidence we've got, though, in contrast to that brand suggests whatever they are calling themselves, republicans now -- again, whatever they call themselves are super anti-abortion. the evidence we got is self-identified tea party supporters are slightly more in favor of the war in afghanistan than the rest of republicans. they've been only barely more likely than republican voters in general to see federal government debt as a serious threat to the country. on this show last night, wayne slater, who has been covering the potential presidential candidacy of rick perry as well as the politicking in iowa explained the republican base right now that he's seeing as a seasoned political reporter as tee van jell call. i think that's much closer than the -- closer to the truth than common wisdom has been. however, this year, however much that drives the pundit class to distraction about how different politics will be this year, really what republicans are
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dealing with is a traditional conservative base this year that is extra obsessed with abortion. there is nothing new under the sun. maybe the universe is trying to remind us of that by having newt gingrich run again. when you look at the evidence, seems like an upserge of the faction the republican party has harbored for a generation now and ignoring the religious and thee cattic impulses makes things in politics seem something that shouldn't be surprising. the fact the common wisdom is so wrong about the tea party i think is successful government rebranding of a movement that is, after all, working very,
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elections yesterday in wisconsin, democrats are trying to recall six republican senators who voted for scott walker's union stripping law. yesterday they forced to spend $8 million for those recalls to choose democrats to run against the sitting republicans. republicans forced that primary to occur by running fake democrats against the real democratic candidates. the fake democrats all lost and lost badly, so these primaries were a pointless waste of tax payer money. thanks, republicans. next up, the real recall
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elections of real democrats trying to unseat those real republican senators, that real election is scheduled for next month. also in southern california yesterday, the seat of jane harmon will stay democratic with democrat janice hahn defeating a conservative republican challenger, the contest where an outside group ran a spectacularly racist ad against janice hahn. over the past 12 years, there have been 192 elections in which the republican party has tried to take a california congressional seat out of the hands of the democrats. 192 straight elections. of those 192 elections, democrats in california have won all 192 of them. over that same period, seven of california's congressional seats that were republican have gone
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the second most prevalent was british. a british tabloid called "news of the world" contacted him and told him they'd pay him to retrieve private phone records of british citizens killed on 9/11. the ex-officer claims reporters wanted the victims' phone numbers and details of the calls they made and received in the days leading up to 9/11. the phone numbers of the victims, they could hack into the victims' voice mail to retrieve and publish those newspapers. the former cop said he turned the tabloid down. four coordinated suicide bombings killed 52 people. the attack is known as 7/7. the family of at least one 7/7 victim was notified last week that their phones may have also been hacked by "news of the world." british soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan have also turned up in the notebooks of a private investigator employed by "news
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of the world." the paper is not denying or confirming the investigator hacked into the phones, but if that did happen it would be absolutely appalled and horrified. in 2002, a 13-year-old girl disappeared in a london suburb. in the six months between the day she disappeared and the day her body was found, "news of the world" journalists hacked into her cell phone and may have deleted some of her voice mails in order to make room for new ones to come in. the paper's actions gave the girl's family and investigators false hope that the girl was still alive and still accessing her phone. in 2006, another rupert murdoch-owned tabloid paper reported the then-infant son of gordon brown had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. prime minister brown and his family had been trying to keep the information private and were
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designated by the diagnoses being made public. it's denied that allegation today. they say a member of the public voluntarily gave them that information. the unfolding scandal here is not about one rogue paper. it appears to be about one huge rogue company. the story about gordon brown's infant son was published by the sun. yesterday brown accused the sunday times of employing "known .criminals to gather personal information on his banking, legal files, and tax affairs." beyond the illegal hacking and spying allegations, there's also a bribery component. admitting to a parliamentary committee that the paper bribed police officers for information. the bribery allegations themselves are lurid. the murdoch paper paying police officers tens of thousands of
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pounds in cash for information, sometimes handing over envelopes of cash at a fast food chain drive-thru. so far implications have been swift. the 168-year-old "news of the world" tabloid has been shut down. today mr. murdoch's company endsed its year-long $12 billion effort to take over british sky broadcasting company. that sent the stock tumbling. had mr. murdoch acquired the company, he would have owned 40% of all commercial television in britain. the business consequences of this scandal are still unfolding, but the legal consequences started unfolding years ago. in 2007, a "news of the world" editor and private investigator hired by the paper were jailed for the phone hacking. the editor, andy coulson denied knowing about the hacking but resigned anyway. david cameron then hired that editor, andy coulson, to be a
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communications director for them. last week he and another editor were arrested for hacking and bribery charges. told about the involvement in the scandal at the time cameron was hiring him. cameron announced an official inquiry. >> after listening carefully, we've decided the best way to proceed is with one inquiry, but in two parts. i can tell the house this inquiry will be led by one of the most senior judges in this country and under the 2005 inquiries act. newspaper reporters, management, pro -- barbara boxer, jay rockefeller and bob menendez have all called for investigations by the justice department and securities and exchange commission. the senators say they want to know if americans had their privacy invaded and whether or not any u.s. laws were broken. in the house, republican peter king has asked the fbi to investigate whether news corp. journalists tried to get ahold of 9/11 victims' phone numbers. we do not yet know everything there is to know about this scandal, there is more to come. the outstanding questions at this point is if this scandal has potential to bring down the british government and whether it also may rock the rupert murdoch media empire around the world and in the u.s., where it includes the wall street journal but also the dominant media voice of the republican party in the fox news channel. joining us now to lend us legal perspective, jay fahy. he currently works as a defense attorney in private practice. mr. fahy, thanks for your time. >> pli pleasure. >> can you break down potential charges news corp. might be facing, either here or abroad, whatever you find more important.
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>> in hacking in britain is the most outrageous charge but not the most serious charge. there's been bragging detectives were paid in excess 100,000 pounds, sums up to 10,000 dollars. those are the most serious criminal charges we'd see in britain. how does it affect us in the u.s. is a great question, and we have a foreign corrupt practices act, which in some substance we do not yet know everything there is to know about this scandal, there is more to come. the outstanding questions at this point is if this scandal has potential to bring down the british government and whether it also may rock the rupert murdoch media empire around the world and in the u.s., where it includes the wall street journal but also the dominant media voice of the republican party in the fox news channel. joining us now to lend us legal perspective, jay fahy. he currently works as a defense attorney in private practice.
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mr. fahy, thanks for your time. >> pli pleasure. >> can you break down potential charges news corp. might be facing, either here or abroad, whatever you find more important. >> in hacking in britain is the most outrageous charge but not the most serious charge. there's been bragging detectives were paid in excess 100,000 pounds, sums up to 10,000 dollars. those are the most serious criminal charges we'd see in britain. how does it affect us in the u.s. is a great question, and we have a foreign corrupt practices act, which in some substance says if you have a publicly traded company, and news corp. is traded on the nasdaq, and that company is involved with bribing foreign officials, that being detectives at scotland yard, it's a violation of that act. we most frequently see that act being prosecuted with companies
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opening up plants or supply lines in third world countries and the brother of a prince or son-in-law of a queen gets a contract, basically a bribe, something that's prosecuted here mostly with large corporations doing things like that, but the facts do fit for news corp., if they bribed people at scotland yard to prosecute them in the u.s. >> how serious is the violation of a foreign practices act, something the sort of thing that could have more problems for a company? >> could have more problems,
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people could go to jail depending on how high you can show there was authorization to violate the act, but the corporation could be put into a monitorship for a period of time as we've seen with wall street companies over the years. they could actually make the company -- have the company lose its charter if they wanted to, but i'd like to move away from the criminal for a second, our federal communications, our fcc has also incredible powers in this area. from time to time, murdoch has to come before the fcc for the licensing that he has. he has 27 television stations besides -- forgetting about cable for a moment, 27 other tv stations that have to get fcc approval from time to time, and one of the standards for that is you have to be of good character. now, a scandal like this, not just the scandal, but proofs of bribery and hacking in england would have enough to question whether that is good character and whether he would keep those
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licenses. that would completely destroy his financial empire if we went that far. >> that would explain the focus on whether or not this was a "news of the world" problem or whether or not this is a systemic means of doing business in the company, right? his character is explained by part whether or not this is the way he understood his companies to do business. >> exactly right, whether he knew or not is a different issue, but companies like exxon, often times they try to throw someone out in front to take the responsibility, to take the blame and to deflect things if the whole institution is corrupt. we have yet to see, but if it is, there are a lot of serious penalties he could be facing in the united states. with his people right now of what they should do, what they shouldn't do. since four prominent senators have asked for inquiries, they are going to start something in the u.s. senate. this is a publicly traded company, the fcc has also been called upon to make inquiries, and the real big question is if these bri on michele bachmann saying that social security checks won't be jeopardized if we hit the debt ceiling. next on this show, i go full minnesota on minnesotans losing all access to beer. north dakota seriously north dakota we have to talk, the rest of us, the other 49 are in this toget dakota conflicts with the federal constitution when it looks at what officials need to be sworn in. john rolczynsky spent 16 years trying to point this out. members of the state legislatures and all judicial officers shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this constitution. the north dakota constitution in its article 11 calls for lawmakers and judges to take the oath of office. lawmakers and judges only. no mention of the executive branch. roblem. under our federalist system, the constitution wins in a conflict like this. and that might mean north dakota has been all long. of course, then they could sell beer and cigarettes to the poor suckers in the sad state of minnesota. last night in phoenix, major league baseball's all-star game.
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since four prominent senators have asked for inquiries, they are going to start something in the u.s. senate. this is a publicly traded company, the fcc has also been called upon to make inquiries, and the real big question is if these bribes did occur, where did the money come from, was it paid in britain, through subsidiary here, follow the money thing. >> who green lit that money. >> it's often hard for big corporations to hide cash and not see cash in obvious places. these are not cash businesses he's in. >> jay fahy, now a defense attorney, very helpful to have your insight, thanks a lot. i really appreciate it. on the ed show tonight, ed goes the full minnesota on michele bachmann saying that social security checks won't be jeopardized if we hit the debt ceiling. next on this show, i go full minnesota on minnesotans losing all access to beer. debunktion junction, what's my function. the government shutdown in the great state of minnesota is about to deprive minnesotans of beer because of the state government shutdown. is that true or false? true. a minnesota state government has been lights out since july 1st because the legislature wants a budget deficit built on tax cuts. it regulates the sale of booze. another booze related thing the state does is approve the labels of booze that is sold in the state. you have to register the label
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with the state every three years. the miller coors company accounts for nearly 40% of beer sales in minnesota with brands like these. the label renewal for all these brands does not get done before the shutdown, a 8gg@รบ3q double shift... i need a break.
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debunktion junction, what's my function. the government shutdown in the great state of minnesota is about to deprive minnesotans of beer because of the state
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government shutdown. is that true or false? true. a minnesota state government has been lights out since july 1st because the legislature wants a budget deficit built on tax cuts. it regulates the sale of booze. if you want to buy booze wholesale, you need a license to do that. you see little kids having corner lemonade stands and not corner keg stands. minnesota bars and restaurants whose permits to sell booze are expiring while the government is shutdown have no way to renew them. and so they will soon be pulling on dry taps. and that's not all. another booze related thing the state does is approve the labels of booze that is sold in the state. you have to register the label
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with the state every three years. the miller coors company accounts for nearly 40% of beer sales in minnesota with brands like these. the label renewal for all these brands does not get done before the shutdown, and so now all miller coors products have to be pulled off the shelves in minnesota immediately. no more coors, no more mgd, no more killian's irish red if the government is shutdown. they're even taking away keystone light. and ready for more? distributors say they're running out of the tax stamps they put on cigarette packets too. as long as the government is shutdown no new tax stamps for cigarette packs so no more cigarette sales in minnesota. if this keeps going toward labor day you may not be able to buy cigarettes in minnesota at all. our great nation has 50
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states like you see right here, like they teach you in school. the united 50 states of america, is that true or false? false apparently maybe. north dakota seriously north dakota we have to talk, the rest of us, the other 49 are in this together. but you, north dakota, not so sure. a report out of grand forks says the state constitution in north dakota conflicts with the federal constitution when it looks at what officials need to be sworn in. john rolczynsky spent 16 years trying to point this out. members of the state legislatures and all judicial officers shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support this constitution. the north dakota constitution in its article 11 calls for lawmakers and judges to take the oath of office.
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lawmakers and judges only. no mention of the executive branch. even though the north dakota governor does also take the oath, he's not required to by the state constitution. even though the u.s. constitution says he must be. and this presents a problem. under our federalist system, the constitution wins in a conflict like this. and that might mean north dakota is not really a state. i'm not sure what to make of all this yet, but thanks to mr. rolzcysky gets a chance to change this. next november, they will vote on an amendment to have the executive branch take the oath as well. if it fails, north dakota might still just be a territory as it has been all long. of course, then they could sell beer and cigarettes to the poor suckers in the sad state of minnesota.
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last night in phoenix, major league baseball's all-star game. they played the national anthem and the all-star game gave way to nothing. the day after the all-star game is known as the sleepiest "sportsday" of the year. espn puts on its madeup awards show on this day. modern life, sure sign of a vacant vap id lack of consequence. the very funny deadspin.com with a madeup list of the 100 worst players ever. the day after the all-star game is bleak wednesday in sports every year. not this year.
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this year in a nation that does not care about the game of soccer, in a nation still trying to convince itself it cares about any women's sport, this year the women's cup game took over. the u.s. is in white, the french team is in blue. the u.s. takes an early lead with this ball here from lauren cheney. no relation. the frenchys fight back, tieing the match at 1-1 when this longshot eludes our goal keeper. and there it stood late into the second half. it's tied 1-1 and that's when on the slowest day of every sports year, the best new thing in the world happens. watch this, even if you hate soccer, watch this.
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>> usa ahead. and a beheading to the world cup final with that one. >> abby wombach again. she does it again. she's enormous, unstoppable. she broke the twitter. and the u.s. is up 2-1. and then the nail gun full of nails into the coffin, it's going to be 3-1 for the finals, after alex morgan scores this one too with syncopated stutter stepping that would put fred astaire to shame. the united states of america is going to the world cup finals, 2:00 p.m. eastern time sunday against japan. bleak wednesday my foot. on what is supposed to be the most sportsless day of the year, sports worth carrying about, even if you hate sports. even if you don't care about soccer. even if you don't care about any of it, so awesome. that's the new thing in the world today. that does it for us tonight.